Mid-January Power Sewing

Except for my exercise plan <ahem>, I’m having a very productive early January! I took two big winter weather events in stride and stuck to my quilting plan for the year. I know it’s early, but it’s still a reason to celebrate, don’t you think?  Let me enumerate:

  1. I rearranged my sewing space based on some great advice/comments I received to my Let There be Light post. As a result, there is currently nothing below my window — whew. Boots has been able reclaim his napping spot and my computer desk is oriented so that it’s facing the door, not beside it. My ironing board is now where the desk was and the sewing cabinet is back in it’s old spot to the left of the window.  Somehow the flow feels much, much better. I should learn more about Feng Shui (including how to pronounce it). There is certainly something calming about a well-designed room.

    Bootsie lounging in his favorite chair with the sun warming his old bones. He’s an indoor-outdoor kitty, but he hasn’t been outside in days. The snow would surely be above his head! My original design Boudoir quilt is in the background. 

  2. My Drops of Rainbow quilt has been back from Ms. G, (my wonderful long arm quilter) for a couple of weeks. I attached the binding right away, but then got distracted by Christmas. Since it wasn’t a planned gift, I brought it and my hand-binding kit down to the family room, expecting to  finish it quickly. Then came more distractions, additional glasses of wine, mountains of bon-bon eating, etc. etc. Meanwhile, the quilt was put to good use. My son likes to sleep on that sofa and he’s an equal opportunity quilt snuggler, so the not-quite-completed quilt made for handy napping. However, Friday night’s big snowfall meant that there was no more viable distractions/excuses: it was time to start bonding with my quilt. I finished the binding on last night.

    I know, I know, I’ve read that you can attach both sides of a binding with a machine, but I love the handwork at the end of the creative process!

  3. One of my friends retired this year. Around the same time, her daughter passed away quickly and unexpectedly. My heart aches for her and I’m making a quilt to hopefully bring her some comfort. Finally all the pieces are cut and I can start putting them together. I am hoping for a May completion date, which will be in time for her birthday. True Blue from Miss Rosie’s Spice of Life Quilts will contain 100 cream/blue blocks surrounded by a piano key border. IMG_0803[1]
  4. My Pottery Barn up-cycled table runner is nearly complete. I created this paper-pieced Spring Chicken to go with the dust ruffle flowers and she just makes me smile! You can make her too with this pattern.Spring_chicken_logopic

And just for fun, here is a frost-covered maple tree that marks one of the farm’s boundaries. When I drove by yesterday (Sunday), there was a magnificent hawk perched in the very tippy top branches. Alas, I scared her away before I could snap a portrait, but the tree was too beautiful to ignore. This blue is unedited — it’s incredible, isn’t it?IMG_0807[1]



A bright clear and cold Sunday morning at the summit of the farm.

Are you accomplishing your January goals?

Glam Girl Lipstick Mini Quilt

My mini quilt obsession continues with another one of Sandy’s great designs!  This  foundation paper pieced pattern is from the Glam Girl Series that Sandy is known for.   Since it’s almost spring here in Ohio, I was inspired to use some “springy” colors from my stash.  What do you think?


I am still “refining” my machine quilting skills.  Since I love polka dots so much, I added more to the binding.  I like the results!


The finished size of this mini quilt is 6 inches wide by 11 inches long.  It is the perfect size to hang in a narrow space AND you can use this pattern for some of those skinny mini quilt swaps!


Like this pattern?  Download it here:Glam Girl Lipstick Mini Quilt

Sandy has designed this pattern to be fast and fun!  Your lipstick mini quilt is sure to pack a punch of glamorous cuteness where ever it lands!


Left Over Monday Glam Girl Mini Pillows

I had two “practice” glam girl blocks left over from my wall hanging and decided to make some mini pillows.  What do you think?  The smaller pillow has a marabou door hanger for an extra bit of glamour!Slide1For the larger mini pillow, I trimmed the left side and the right side so there is 1/2 inch of white fabric on each side.  Then I added 3/4 inch of white fabric to the top of the block and to the bottom of the block. Slide2

Next I added a two inch pink border to both sides and then the top and bottom.

Then I made a quilt sandwich: muslin on the bottom, batting in the middle and the quilt block on top.  I am practicing my machine quilting skills and am getting braver with each attempt!  I meandered around the white fabric and used a decorative loop stitch on the left and right pink borders.

Then I decided it needed rick rack.  You could personalize or embellish this block by adding machine embroidery.  I wish I thought about this before I sewed my pillows together!  Slide16

Finally, with right sides together, I sewed the quilt block to a cute backing fabric (using a 1/2 inch seam allowance) and leaving a 3 inch space to turn the pillow inside out.  Clip your corners and stuff your pillow.  Slip stitch the opening closed.  Slide12

Cuteness plus!Slide13

On to the door hanger!Slide6

I trimmed the block so there is a 1 inch white border on the left and right sides of the block.  I added a 1 1/4 inch strip of white fabric to the top and to the bottom.

Like the pillow above, I quilted the block and added rick rack.  Add some machine embroidery to personalize your door hanger!  Slide5

Pin your marabou 1 inch from the corners of your quilted block.Slide7

Pin your pillow backing fabric to the quilt block and marabou, right sides facing each other.  Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance and sew around the outside of your door hanger, leaving a 3 inch opening at the bottom. I reinforced the stitches at the opening.Slide10

The top of your door hanger will look like this.  Trim off the extra marabou and clip your corners on the diagonal (making sure you don’t cut your stitches).Slide9

Turn your door hanger right side out and stuff.  Slip stitch the opening closed.  Since I don’t have an embroidery machine, I added some wording with my computer so you can see the possibilities!Slide11

Leftovers can be fast and fun!  These are small little projects that have a big cuteness impact!  Plus I got to continue practicing my machine quilting skills!

Send us pictures of your mini pillow projects, we would love to see how you personalize your little minis! Slide1

Glam Girl Wall Hanging

Today we are going to make our Glam Girl Wall Hanging!



General Information:

  • Finished size is 15 1/2 inches x 31 1/2 inches
  • Blocks have been squared to 7.5 inches
  • All seam allowances are 1/4 inch
  • Assume all fabrics are 42 inches wide, especially for the width of fabric cuts

What you will need:
*Three Glam Girl Blocks (I squared my blocks to 7.5 inches because one had stretched a lot during piecing)

¼ yard of Hot Pink Fabric for sashing between block and inner border

½ yard of Pink and Yellow floral fabric for outer border and binding.  I used Windham Fabrics “Mariposa” by Another Point of View;  Pattern No. 40088.

½ yard of backing fabric

½ yard of batting

Fabric for the hanging sleeve

Cutting Instructions

For the Hot Pink Sashing Between Blocks:
Cut 4 strips that measure 1 ½ inches x 7.5 inches.

For the Hot Pink Inner Border:
Cut 2 strips that measure 1 ½ inches x 25.5 inches

For the Pink and Yellow Floral Outer Border
Cut 3 strips that measure 3 ½ inches x Width of Fabric (also known as WOF)
• Take one 3 ½ inch strip and cut two rectangles that measure 3 ½ x 9 ½ inches each.
• Take one 3 ½ inch strip and cut it to measure 32 inches long
• Take the remaining 3 ½ inch strip and cut it to measure 32 inches long

For the Pink and Yellow Floral Binding
Cut 3 strips that measure 2 ¼ x Width of Fabric

Let’s Start Sewing!
1. Sew the hot pink sashing strips to your glam girl blocks as shown below. Press seams toward the hot pink fabric. Your wall hanging will look like this:


2. Sew one hot pink inner border strip to the left side of your wall hanging and sew one hot pink inner border strip to the right side of your wall hanging. Press seams toward the hot pink fabric. Your wall hanging should look like this:


3. Sew one 3 ½ inch x 9 ½ inch rectangle to the top of the wall hanging. Next, sew one 3 ½ inch x 9 ½ inch rectangle to the bottom of the wall hanging. Press seams toward the hot pink fabric. This is coming together nicely! Does yours look like this?


4. Sew one 3 ½ inch x 32 inch strip to the left side of your wall hanging. Next, sew one 3 ½ inch x 32 inch strip to the right side of your wall hanging. Wow! The piecing is done!


5. Quilt your wall hanging using your favorite quilting technique! I started on mine by stitching in the ditch of my seams. Then I decided to outline my seams with a straight stitch.Slide6

6. I got a little braver and sewed some gentle waves. THEN I got really crazy and sewed a decorative zig zag stitch around the hot pink inner border.


AND I went overboard crazy and outline quilted around all three blocks!


I grew even more daring and quilted in different stitch widths and directions…it looks great if I do say do myself!


7. Once I finished my machine quilting, I added a sleeve to the back of the wall hanging before I added the binding.  Click here to learn how:  Hanging Sleeve Tutorial

8. Next, make the binding for your quilt and attach it. This Craftsy tutorial shows you how to do it:  Binding Tutorial

9. Your Glam Girl wall hanging is now complete!  I hope you enjoyed sewing along with us!